Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

September 24, 2014

WSGC Newsletter for Educators

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for teachers provides curriculum ideas, Internet links and other resources to help you better meet the Washington EALRs and the National Science Education Standards.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

-- MARS CUBED WORKSHOP (6-12)
-- STUDENT PLANETARY INVESTIGATORS (9-12+)
-- SHARE YOUR STEM TEACHING AND WIN (K-12)
-- AIAA STEM GRANTS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)

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MARS CUBED WORKSHOP (6-12)

What do Mars, Magnetism and MAVEN have in common? Find out October 4 at the Museum of Flight. Explore magnetism, electro-magnetic fields and the mystery of Mars’ missing atmosphere using activities and data from the MAVEN satellite mission.

The half-day workshop includes an overview of the science, hands-on inquiry and engineering activities, and plenty of classroom resources that meet NGSS and state science standards. Clock Hours are offered at no charge.

To register, go to the page below and scroll down

http://www.museumofflight.org/education/teacher-professional-development

STUDENT PLANETARY INVESTIGATORS (9-12+)

The Student Planetary Investigators Program offers high school students a chance to gain real-world experience while conducting authentic scientific research on a NASA mission project.

Students will have an opportunity to explore the surface of Mercury, and possibly have their work featured on the MESSENGER website. The teams work directly with NASA mission scientists. Students communicate regularly with peers and NASA science team members through live sessions and an online bulletin board.

The program is free and open to teams of students across the country, high school through college. For more information, go to

http://studentpi.jhuapl.edu/

SHARE YOUR STEM TEACHING AND WIN (K-12)

The Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM recognizes educators who have developed new ways to ignite student interest in STEM topics and careers.

Any full time educator at a public or private school in the U.S. is eligible. Entries may be an innovative lesson plan, a hands-on activity, an app or other innovation for the science, technology, engineering or math education. Among the judges are Ira Flatow (NPR’s Science Friday), Rene McCormick (National Math and Science Initiative), and former NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus.

First prize is $5,000 plus a Sally Ride site license. There are more than $8,000 in additional prizes, too. Deadline to submit is October 31, 2014. For more information, go to

http://tinyurl.com/STEMinnovations

AIAA STEM GRANTS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)

The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Systems Technical Committee and the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee, in cooperation with the Challenger Center, are offering $500 competitive grants to elementary and secondary school teachers.

The grants must be used to procure programs and supplies for engaging STEM education. Applicants should submit a 2-page proposal briefly outlining how the funds will benefit STEM student learning, a budget for spending the award, how many students will participate, and whether applying for K-6, middle school or high school.

Proposals must be received by October 3, 2014. For complete information, visit

https://info.aiaa.org/tac/SMG/STTC/Awards/STEM_TeacherGrants.aspx

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